Friendswood ISD’s 2022 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STARR, exam results continue the district’s trend of surpassing state averages.

The percentage of FISD students in both junior high and high school who met grade level on the end-of-course assessments did not fall below the state average for any subject.

FISD scores remained consistent from 2021-2022 for all grades and subject tests, rising or falling no more than a few percentage points.

Grade 8 students excelled in mathematics, with 68% meeting grade level compared to 38% statewide. Social studies scores still hover at 39% meeting grade level, showing no improvement from 2021.

Friendswood High School students excelled in biology, with 86% of students meeting the benchmark, compared to the state average of 57%.

However, Algebra I scores have yet to make a full comeback from COVID-19. Prepandemic scores in 2019 saw 72% of FHS students meeting the benchmark, but only 48% met the Algebra I benchmark this year.

The assessment tests high school students on Algebra I, English I & II, Biology and U.S. History against state curriculum standards, according to STAAR’s website. All Texas public school students in grades 3-12 take the STAAR tests.

Friendswood High School students took the assessment April 31-May 7, and students in grades 3-8 were tested May 10-18.